Best Ways to Fight the Winter Blues

The cold weather and gloomy skies can really take a toll on our energy levels and moods. It’s hard to stay motivated and get your butt out of bed when it is dark and stormy outside. Here are a few pointers for staying energized and boosting your serotonin levels so you can get your sweat on even during the coldest months.

Proper Supplementation
Vitamin B & Fish oils: Help to naturally boost serotonin levels and improve moods
St Johns wort: A natural mood enhancer to help fight depression, improve sleep and reduce stress Milk thistle: Helps detoxify the liver and fights depression

Exercise
Physical activity is essential all year round but is even more beneficial in the winter months as it helps to release serotonin in the brain. Start each morning off with 10-20 minutes of stretching or body weighted exercises to get the blood moving and the body warmed up. Get active outdoors as often as possible to benefit from the natural light.

Eat Smart
Avoid sugary treats and simple carbs (i.e., white rice, white bread, potatoes) Opt for balanced meals of lean Proteins and healthy carbs; beans veggies and whole grains. Replace caffeine with herbal teas and stay hydrated with plenty of water (8-10cups/day) and fresh squeezed fruit and vegetable juices

Have a Good Laugh
Spend time with friends and family and stay social even when you feel like hibernating. Or if you are snowed in throw on your favourite comedy and enjoy a good, right from the gut laugh. Laughter relaxes the whole body, boosts the immune system, triggers the release of endorphins and helps to protect the heart

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